Competition ready for rodeo at B&GH

August 13, 2018 

Champion Alex Brooks in team calf ropingLake Waccamaw, NC – The competitors are ready for the 2018 State Farm Rodeo at the Boys and Girls Homes Farm and Benton/BTS Exhibition Center scheduled for Friday and Saturday Aug. 17 and 18.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. with competition beginning at 8 p.m. Title sponsorship was provided by State Farm agents David Ward, Mary Williamson, and Ken Sutton.

“We are thrilled that our local State Farm representatives have signed on to support this popular event,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “A rodeo is something we wanted to bring back to the area and found the perfect partners to make it possible.”

Working with Thomas Linton Rodeo, this event is a Southern Rodeo Association sanctioned event. This means it will include top riders participating in bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, breakaway roping and bareback riding.

“Our competitors for this year’s event include several former champions,” said Linton. “We have former champion heeler Alex Brooks, former champion in breakaway roping Jamie Ellsworth, and former all-around champion cowgirl Heather Sherrill registered and ready for two nights of top level competition.”

Linton, a former champion calf roper, will also be entering the competitive arena.Champion rider Heather Sherrill barrel racing

The rodeo will also include entertainment by two-time Professional Cowboy Association Rodeo Clown of the Year Jake Wilcox and his bull Hank.

“My acts are primarily to make people laugh,” Wilcox said in UGA’s Magazine. “It’s my job to keep the crowd entertained during lulls in the rodeo.

“My favorite part of the job is just the fact that I get to do something that’s fun, get people laughing and smiling,” he continued.

Admission is $12 each night with children 6 and under admitted for free. All proceeds benefit the children of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

For more information, contact Amanda Thompson at 910-640-9852. 

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited public charter school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 260 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential and community-based services provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.